African American Student Affairs (AASA) and Black History Month

African American Student Affairs (AASA) is division within the University of Arizona’s Student Affairs. We are a support system that provides a bridge between African American students and the university and community. Our goal is to help students receive a culturally rich experience while developing their personal, academic, and professional skills and competencies, during their time at the UA. In light of our efforts to achieve our goals of supporting students, several events have been created to provide rich cultural experiences that we hope will enhance the experiences of not just African American students but all students on campus!
Black History Month takes place annually during the month of February. Black History month grew out of the 1925 “Negro History Week” and was expanded to a month in 1976. Since 1976, every U.S. president has recognized the month of February as Black History Month. Black History Month is a month designated to acknowledge the people and events that have greatly impacted not just African Americans but people of all cultural/linguistic backgrounds in this country and as such should be taught, discussed, and celebrated every day!
During the month of February, African American Student Affairs, African and African American student organizations, and local Tucson community organizations will host events to celebrate black culture and history. In light of the history of activism, advocacy, and social justice that is the foundation of the work of many of the great Black historical leaders, the kickoff event will be “A Finding Community Welcome Spring Speaker” event with keynote speaker, Jess Solomon. Jess Solomon is a creative facilitator and initiator of social change projects. Jess is recognized nationally for her leadership in the use of art, culture, and design in community cultural development. The event will take place Monday, February, 1, 2016 at 4pm in the Tucson Room of the UA Student Union. All African American and non-African American students are invited to attend and learn about using different mediums in the movement for change, diversity, and inclusion.
Sunday, February, 21, 2016 at 1pm AASA will host a poetry competition, “Black Consciousness” in collaboration with Tucson Unified School District’s (TUSD) AASA. The theme of the competition is “blackness in the 21st century”. Hakim Bellamy, inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM (2012-2014) and regional Poetry Slam Champion, will be the keynote poet and MC for the event. Students from TUSD and the UA will compete for the title of AASA/TUSD High School Poet of the Year and AASA/TUSD College Poet of the Year!
On Friday, February 25, 2016 join us as we close Black History month with our Annual Block Party; a celebration of food, music, art and culture. Further information will be provided soon!

For a full list of events, times, and locations please visit the African American Student Affairs' facebook page to view our calendar of events.** You may also contact AASA at phone number (520)626-2660 or stop by the AASA center located in MLK building, Room 209.
**The calendar is still under review and will be posted in the next week.